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INTERNATIONAL WOMAN'S DAY - SENATOR ATAULLAHJAN

Honourable Senators, in light of last week’s International Women’s Day, I rise today to celebrate the achievement of one of our own formidable women, Senator Salma Ataullahjan.

On March 8 – International Women’s Day – Senator Ataullahjan received the “Wonder Woman” award on behalf of the National Heroes Foundation, a non-profit organization ordained by the Government of Pakistan. From more than 300 nominations in 19 countries, Senator Ataullahjan was named as one of Pakistan’s top 23 inspirational women, receiving her award under the guise of “Women’s Icon.” Past recipients of this award include the late Benazir Bhutto.

La sénatrice Ataullahjan a été reconnue comme une Pakistanaise outre-mer remarquable, en sa qualité de première sénatrice pakistanaise au Canada et pour son service dévoué à l’égard de la communauté pakistanaise-canadienne. Elle défend avec compassion le Pakistan et fait tout en son pouvoir pour renforcer les relations canado-pakistanaises, en particulier dans les moments difficiles.

 Senator Ataullahjan has met with internally displaced persons in the Swat Valley, participated in flood relief efforts here in Canada, and has personally visited flood-damaged regions in Pakistan. A natural consensus builder, she has also been an active participant in several community-based associations in the GTA, including a long-time membership with the Canadian chapter of The Citizens Foundation - an international organization that has built and funded over 730 schools for Pakistan’s poorest children.

Honorables sénateurs, je suis également heureuse de vous dire que la sénatrice Ataullahjan était l’une des trois Canadiennes-Pakistanaises à qui l’on a rendu hommage à titre de femmes du Pakistan les plus distinguées.  La gagnante d’un Oscar, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, et la pionnière médicale  docteur Shahnaz Dar ont également reçu le Prix Wonder Woman la semaine dernière.

Honourable Senators, I am sure we can all agree that it is wonderful to see such accomplished Canadian women recognized on the world stage. I hope that you will join me in congratulating Senator Ataullahjan and all the award winners on this prestigious honour. We are proud of you, Salma!

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